There days photography is increasingly a multi-skill occupation. Not only do you need to visualise and plan your shots, and also then understand how to make you camera take the photo that you have in mind, you also now need to be relatively IT savvy to ensure that you are properly backed up and making the most of your photos through good editing.
Photography is now more than ever not point and shoot.
Understandably photographers, professional and amateur, spend most of their time learning how to plan, compose and take great shots. They learn composition and how to make the most of all of their cameras features. The bit that they don’t do, partly because it feels less artistic and more ‘geeky’ is to use their editing software to its full potential. This is the final step of the process and can take a very good photo and make it truly great.
Keen photographers who want take their photography to the next level often find the biggest and quickest wins in improving their photo editing skills, in part because they have often been neglected.
Let’s take a look at a few tips that you should consider if you think that this is you.
Use a Simpler Photo Editing Program
The first time anybody opens up a premium solution such as Adobe Photoshop / Lightroom, the most common feeling is one of being overwhelmed. With so many options, features and settings, it is downright impossible to know where to begin. Even experienced users of Photoshop often find that experts can show them far more efficient ways to do things they’ve been doing for years. For example, many people don’t use Photoshop Actions when carrying out a repetitive task (see this article of Photoshop productivity tips for more)
Alternatively for those just starting out in the world of photography, choosing a simpler photo editing solution may be a better place to start. In many situations, beginners can master the basics without the confusion that hundreds of options and filters bring.
For those wishing to know their options, check out our post on free alternatives to Photoshop.
Hire a Freelance Editor
If you really want to focus on actual photography then accept this and deal with it properly. Without proper editing you’ll never make the most of your photos. If you don’t want to do this or find it a struggle then much better to find someone who is really good at it to do it for you, than to do a poor / rushed job yourself.
Through sites like Fiverr and other platforms, photographers can very quickly find highly qualified editors for as little as a few pounds, although obviously highly experienced editors will cost more.
Regardless of the experience level of freelancer that you ultimately choose and your budget remember that it is up to you as the photographer to ensure that this part of the process is carried out carefully, whoever does it.
Enlist Bulk Editing Professional Services
For professional photographers who have large volumes of photos in need of rapid editing, a more professional and reliable service than simply hiring a freelancer is required. Bulk photo editing services are available online that can help lower the per unit cost of each photo edited. For example this company.
These are ideal if you need large numbers of photos edited quickly and reliably. Inevitably you need to look carefully at the contracts that they offer so that you can be sure that they can meet you specifications. Also as you’d expect the less editing that your photos need the less this will cost.
Whether you have no experience with photo editing or merely just don’t have the time, there exists plenty of options that can handle this part of the photography process. Whether you choose to use simpler programs, work with professional editors in bulk or enlist the services of freelancers, there is no reason why any photographer can’t maximise the quality of each photo via editing services.